Daily prayers - Mercy
The Mercy Prayers invite God to SYNC us with the big idea of Mercy Season. The prayers are not a way of trying harder to be a little better. They are a way of inviting Jesus to SYNC us with his mission of mercy. He paid for our forgiveness with his blood, as shown in the Mercy icon. He turns us into agents of his mercy, inviting everyone to accept it.
Choose any prayer style below that will best keep you in SYNC with our High Priest, who sacrificed himself for us. If/when you realize you are out of SYNC, admit it to God, and any of these prayers will help you get back in SYNC.
1. Set of seven informal prayers to use in a weekly cycle
These are based on the seven Jubilee Verses that bring out different parts of the Mercy Rhythm. Use this option if you like the idea of "praying Scripture," and if variety helps you focus.
2. Same formal prayer every day for the whole Season
Make us a channel of your mercy, Lord. We'll forgive. We'll forgive. We'll forgive.
Use this option if you like repetition and want to keep a simple focus on the main idea.
3. Simplest way -- no cards at all
"SYNC us with the intentions you had when you sacrificed your life to turn us into mercy agents." This ties you each day to the two-word prayer for all seven SYNC seasons--"SYNC us." It is based on the Lord's Prayer. A good option if you want something that will work without having to look at cards.
4. Write/say your own prayer(s)
Prayer is not "one-size-fits-all." Please adjust any of the above to fit you better, or start over and create your own prayers from scratch. Whatever SYNC's you with King Jesus and his mission of mercy is fine! The heart of the mission is in Matthew 6.14-15.
5. Bedtime prayer
Like mealtimes, bedtime is a great time to thank Jesus for showing us mercy that we did not deserve. As forgiven people, we get to become forgiving people. We do not get stressed out any more by thinking either that we have to earn our forgiveness or that we have to find a way to take revenge on someone. No, our emotions don't get stuck in those mudholes! With or without the Jubilee Cards, we can look back at our day and thank God that he forgave our mistakes and enabled us to forgive other people. A clean slate is a very comfortable bed to sleep on. Good night.